5 Months, 6 Months, and 7 Months
--- Camy, Andrew, and Cassius ---
Last Sunday evening [Nov.13], I felt very frustrated at having missed [due to an unexpected false alarm] the Petron vs Rain or Shine PBA game [I am an Arwind Santos and Gabe Norwood fan]. Thing is, too, the Blaze and the Elasto Painters are two of the better teams, as of late, this season. The match before the Petron-RoS did go into double overtime and I had yet to shoot a double OT game at the PBA [This is my first season shooting the PBA].
Anyway, come Monday morning I still felt unreasonably [It's so NOT me] irritable but when I suddenly remembered [after lunch] that I was suppossed to take photos of my friend's [Badong] little boy, that Monday, the irritability simply disappeared. I quickly prepped my photo gear and freshened up. Luckily, when I arrived at Badong's place, his son had just woken up and was having merienda. Despite the sudden drizzle, I was able to find a spot in the living room where the light was just right. And in a span of about 5-8 minutes I got the portraits I wanted.
Photographing "little people" is always refreshing for me, for one thing, I got hooked on photography when I started photographing kids years ago when I was assigned to teach American kids [elementary to middle school] in an American Military Base as part of my role in an architectural project [mind you, I did have an uneventful architectural career before my love affair with photography]. I then moved on to photoghraphing my relatives, nephews, neices, then eventually to a full time job in a photo studio.Yes, those were the days. - But enough of that.
I was tempted to post Andrew G.'s portrait asap on this blog but decided to wait for a few more "little people" portraits to blend/mix/match Andrew's to make the post more interesting. I do have a big archive of film portraits of kids but I somehow wanted a current portrait of a months-old kid and I simply didn't know any other potential subjects to shoot. Lo and behold, come PBA Wednesday, Nov. 16, while shooting PBA at the Araneta, I found a potential subject in the person of Cassius Norwood, Gabe Norwood's BABY boy, who Gabe almost always brings with him to the Araneta whenever he has a game. Not only that, It dawned on me, that I had already posted a shot of Gabe with Cassius in his arms, and his Rain or Shine team mate Paul Lee doting on little Cassius !, albeit a stolen shot taken with a 400mm lens !
So I simply approached Gabe Norwood, asked permission, and took two quick snaps of Cassius. Gabe mentioned then to me that Cassius was already 7 months old - Perfect ! I said to myself - I had portraits of a 7-month to complement my portrait of a 6-month - Then, browsed my archives again and found a FILM portrait of a 5-month old - hence the 3-picture sequence above.
Obviously, three good ones are better than one. -- and since this post is postworthy enough, and has a theme, it's within context to add some - RANDOM, ''little people" pics from my archive.
More next time. Have to leave now.